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Listing of the Day: 2305 N. Monroe Street

Address: 2305 N. Monroe Street
Neighborhood: Lorcom Grove/Maywood
Listed: $1,025,000
Open: Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17 from 1-4 p.m.

Conveniently located just “two lights to D.C.” for driving and along a verdant trail for biking, this classic colonial offers both character and stylish, quality updates.

Desirable details include living room fireplace, gleaming wood floors on two levels, plantation shutters at many windows, main level bedroom and bathroom, and kitchen open to a sun filled family room. The kitchen provides crisp white cabinets, a Haier refrigerator, gas cooking and glistening countertops and backsplash.

Excellent for daily life and entertaining, the living room flows into the dining room, kitchen and then family room. With both a new skylight and windows on three sides, the family enjoys relaxing views of the private rear yard. A stone patio is ideal for al fresco meals.

There are sunny areas for play, gardening and sports, as well as shady spots for reading and a lazy day nap. The main level bedroom is now used as a den, and has a renovated bathroom with linen-look tile, bathtub and vanity storage.

Upstairs, the large master bedroom features two closets — one professionally organized — and space for a seating or desk. The second bedroom has a closet with built in drawers along with hanging space. The renovated bathroom has a large walk in shower and vanity space. A wide linen closet provides additional storage.

In the walkout lower level, there is a rec room with a large niche for media and storing games and toys. Several closets and the utility room have excellent storage space and the laundry is on this level. The sun filled fourth bedroom features a renovated bathroom with an oversized shower and vanity — ideal for an in law, au pair or pampered guest.

Walk to Cherrydale shops, restaurants, Safeway grocery with Starbucks and Maywood Park and Playground.

A well renovated home in pristine move in condition.

Listed by:
Betsy Twigg
Associate Broker, Licensed in Virginia
McEnearney Associates
4720 Lee Highway
Arlington, Va 22207
703-967-4391
[email protected]
betsytwigg.com

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The Rise of Coworking in Today’s Workplace

Since people have been working in offices, there have been trailblazers searching for different ways to structure the workplace.

Well, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it’s undoubtedly true that innovators are always looking for different ways to engage with their environments. Naturally, that extends to the work environment. Enter coworking, stage right!

In a nutshell, coworking is the practice of shared workspaces. Multiple unrelated companies work in the same building, often utilizing the operator’s administrative and amenity functions. In today’s modern and ever-changing office world, the fastest growing alternative to a traditional office space is a coworking space.

So, where do coworking spaces fit into the tradition of office spaces? The way people work and want to work has changed over the years with the increased capabilities of technology as well as the way people want to work. In order to attract top talent and younger demographics, many companies are ditching traditional spaces in favor of the more flexible coworking model.

The coworking industry has become a global phenomenon. Around 2008-2010, more operators joined the market, but in recent years the industry has just exploded. According to Emergent Research, over 1000 new coworking spaces opened in the second half of 2018 — almost half of which are located in the U.S.

TechSpace, one of the first operators in the coworking space industry, was established in 1997 and opened in the Ballston area in June 2018.

Typically, new or growing companies don’t have the funds (or the desire) to start in traditional spaces, but they also don’t know where their company will be in one year, let alone five. Two to five-year terms are standard minimums for traditional offices.

Most start-ups don’t want to tie up their capital with office leases — they like the flexibility of shorter terms provided by coworking spaces, as they can easily accommodate growth and change. However, large enterprise companies are now housing divisions of their companies at coworking spaces.

Coworking isn’t just for large companies or start-ups, though. What other uses can coworking spaces provide? Many coworking spaces, including TechSpace, provide on-demand conference rooms for members and non-members. For those who are working at home but need to meet clients in a professional environment, coworking spaces are ideal.

At TechSpace, you can book by the hour for a variety of size meeting spaces. TechSpace also offers virtual services, such as mailing addresses and business phone numbers, and call answering by a professional receptionist.

Many people ask what kinds of companies are best served by coworking spaces? The answer is many industries are actually well-suited to work in coworking spaces. Since opening in June 2018 at our newest Ballston location at 4075 Wilson Boulevard, we’ve experienced a rapid influx of businesses that have ties to the federal government, but also see a lot of growing tech companies. It’s interesting to note that despite the different sectors in which they operate, all businesses have become reliant on a superior technology infrastructure like the one TechSpace provides.

Our Ballston location has experienced rapid growth and has quickly leased up in less than one year. “This is a very obvious indicator that businesses in this market were starved for flexible, short-term office space,” said Brendan McGee, VP at TechSpace. “In addition to our rapid growth, it has been wonderful to see how warmly TechSpace has been embraced by local businesses in the Ballston community.

In our first year alone we’ve established great relationships with Taste of Arlington and ARLnow. It was also a great omen for us when on our Grand Opening night, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup!” (We’re neighbors — their practice facility is just down the street)

So — is coworking the right path for your start-up or company? Learn more about why TechSpace’s coworking offices can be the right fit for your business!

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Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he may not be the listing agent of these homes.

Hello there, lovebirds.

In case you forgot, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. So, if you’ve failed at getting your boo a little somethin’-somethin’, I’m trying to help you remember here.

Speaking of love, let’s review a few of the reasons you’ll love living in Arlington:

  • The diversity of our neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for hopping nightlife (in Clarendon) or an expansive, green front yard (options galore in Aurora Highlands), Arlington has it. And, a good chunk of our neighborhoods are connected by public transportation.
  • Our schools rock. Niche.com (among other sites) named us the No. 1 school district in the state. ‘Nuff said.
  • And, our employment scene is among the best nationally. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Arlington’s unemployment rate is hovering at 2.0%. The region continues to be anchored by comparatively high salaries as well.

When you’re ready to turn your Arlington crush into a full-fledged romance (with a beautiful home), our team is ready to help you GET MORE out of your transaction.

As of February 11, there are 112 detached homes, 17 townhouses and 101 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 15 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.

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Bash Boxing Partners with Caps’ Tom Wilson

Bash Boxing has gained Washington Capitals player Tom Wilson as an investor.

The Capitals right winger isn’t shy about throwing a punch on the ice. But it’s not only the boxing that drew Wilson to invest in the studio, which is open in Rosslyn and coming soon to Ballston. As Wilson found while giving Bash a try, the non-contact boxing-oriented workouts are intense, fun and always leave you feeling reinvigorated.

Bash offers two of today’s hottest workouts — boxing and high-intensity interval training. Taught by the area’s best fitness experts, participants learn boxing basics at the beginning of each class. The 45-minute workouts combine boxing moves, water-filled training bags, weights and other interval training along with concert-style music to hit to.

While Bash teaches you how to throw a punch, it’s the “good feeling” and confidence you build by the end of each workout that co-owner Alex Trakas wanted to spread — and that drew in Tom Wilson and his investment.

Though Wilson wasn’t actively looking for business opportunities, he decided now was a good time to put down some roots and get involved in local businesses.

Want to see what Bash is all about. Visit its website, check out its Instagram or go ahead and book a bag now.

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Local IT Master’s Program Ranked #1 for Cybersecurity

Virginia Tech’s Master of Information Technology program has been ranked the No. 1 online graduate degree for cybersecurity in the 2019 rankings list from CyberDegrees.org, a Washington, D.C.-based company.

In addition, the program was named one of the three best online graduate information technology programs nationwide for the seventh consecutive year in the annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Based at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, the 100% online program is offered jointly by the Pamplin College of Business and College of Engineering. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to develop a range of skills and focus their studies in a topic that best serves their career goals.

Cybersecurity is one of 11 areas of specialization that students can use to tailor their degree. Other areas include Analytics and Business Intelligence, Big Data, Health Information Technology and Software Development.

The program also offers six Graduate Certificate options for professionals that are not looking to pursue a full degree.

The program plans to continue adding new courses and Graduate Certificates that keep up with current trends in tech, particularly as the wider university takes on a central role in the cybersecurity ecosystem.

In 2010, Virginia Tech launched the Hume Center to lead the university’s research and experiential learning programs in national security. The center now has a research facility in Ballston.

In 2018, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced that Virginia Tech will lead its $25 million Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.

For more information about Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology Program, visit www.vtmit.vt.edu or sign up for an upcoming information session.

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Dynamic Group Circuit Training Studio, F45, Opens in Ballston

The fast-growing F45 chain of high-intensity circuit-training studios has arrived in Ballston, near Virginia Square.

F45’s concept of “personal training in a group format,” according to owner Zac Wall, has been proven around the world since its inception in Australia in 2012.

The “F” in F45 stands for “functional training,” while the “45” indicates how many minutes there are in a session. Instead of repetitive exercises that don’t reflect normal motion — think Olympic lifts — functional training puts you through a full-body workout that mimics real-world movements.

The result is not only increased strength and tone but also endurance, balance, posture and agility.

F45’s certified personal trainers are hired for their technical knowledge, but just as important are their abilities to motivate clients and keep up the dynamic pace on the gym floor.

And what a floor! Since the workouts change daily, Wall says there can be as few as nine workout stations — each with its own targeted exercise — and up to 27 stations in a given session.

One of F45’s most popular programs is the Eight Week Challenge that assigns three days to cardio fitness and three days to strength exercises. Saturday’s hour-long “hybrid sessions” ratchet up what Wall calls “the fun factor” by adding a DJ playing up-tempo music through a nightclub-style sound system.

As fun as it is, says Wall, “when you leave, you feel it everywhere in your body, but it’s an awesome feeling.”

Clients workout using battle ropes, weighted sleds, barbells, kettlebells, dead balls, rowing machines, TRX straps and others, all in the same 45 minutes.

For information about F45 in Arlington, visit our website. The studio is located at 3865 Wilson Blvd. Email us at [email protected] or call 703-829-5093.

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Listing of the Day: 3830 9th Street N.

Address: 3830 North 9th Street #206E
Neighborhood: Virginia Square
Listed: $459,000
Open: Sunday, February 3 from 1-4 p.m.

In the heart of Virginia Square, this second floor spacious 838 sq. ft. 1 BR + Den/1.5 BA condo with balcony and reserved garage space offers convenience and amenities galore (pool/fitness center/party room).

Just blocks from two Orange line metro stops, restaurants/shops at the new Ballston Quarter and the future Target. Bright living area with open kitchen and separate dining area with coffered ceiling, large enough for dinner parties. Master bedroom offers a huge walk-in closet with en-suite bathroom and stacked washer/dryer.

Den can serve as an office or bedroom for guests. The updated powder room is conveniently located adjacent to the den. Large windows throughout offer ample light and a private overlook on the quiet side of the building. A low condo fee is the cherry on top!

Listed By:
Liz Lord
Keller Williams Realty
571-331-9213
[email protected]
www.arlvahomes.com

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Listing of the Day: 1018 Railroad Avenue

Neighborhood: Falls Church City
Listed: $765,038
Open: Sunday, December 20 from 2-4 p.m.

Smaller house, bigger life!  

The Railroad Cottages are the best new construction value inside the beltway. These cottage homes offer a simple, beautiful and low-maintenance lifestyle through thoughtful design. These beautifully built, highly energy efficient, right-sized, age-qualified homes are in a wonderfully walkable location near public transit, shops and entertainment. 

The front porches and orientation around the common area and Common House encourages conversation and neighborliness, while still providing personal privacy.

With geothermal heating, cooling systems and solar powering the community lighting and Common House, the community will have some of the highest efficiencies found in the National Capital Region. Residents will enjoy the privacy and natural light of a single-family home with all of the conveniences of luxury condominium living.

Centrally located in Falls Church City and on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, The Railroad Cottages are building a sense of community through good design.  

Come see the progress! Open every Sunday from  2-4 p.m. or call Theresa today for a private tour that works with your schedule.

Listed By:
Theresa Sullivan Twiford
Advon Real Estate
307.413.2872
[email protected] 
railroadcottages.com

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In Focus: Amazon HQ2 and National Landing

Once it was cutting edge; a few decades later, it was obsolete. Now, Crystal City has a golden opportunity to reinvent itself yet again — as National Landing — after Amazon chose the urban neighborhood in Arlington County, as one of its two new headquarters.

“It’s a decision that I think will be a benchmark and a case study for many years to come,” says Uwe Brandes, faculty director of the Georgetown University Master’s program in Urban & Regional Planning.

Here, Brandes talks with Glenn Williamson, faculty director of the Master’s in Real Estate program, about the decision’s impact on Northern Virginia and the entire Washington, D.C. region.

Crystal City developer JBG Smith “had a portfolio of buildings that were obsolete, and they were like ugly ducklings,” Williamson said. “And what they’ve managed to do now with this property is to turn it into a beautiful swan.”

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Attend the Part-Time Preview Day at GMU’s Scalia Law School

Would you like to attend law school, but cannot leave your day job? Would you like to supplement your practical experience with a legal education?

If so, you can join a growing number of professionals who work by day and attend law school at night. Learn more at the Part-Time Preview Day on Thursday, January 24 from 6-8:30 p.m.

George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School offers a robust part-time program for students. Over one hundred part-time students enrolled in the fall 2018 term. Like full-time students, the vast majority of these students (91 percent) receive scholarship money.

At Scalia Law, part-time students are not second-class citizens. They receive the same benefits, study under the same awesome faculty and share the same access to the school’s many organizations, resources and opportunities, as their full-time counterparts.

Senior Associate Dean, Alison Price is a fan of the part-time program and its students. “We have always welcomed part-time students. As law classes are frequently taught by Socratic method, part-time students bring a refreshing perspective on legal decisions,” she said.

Daniel Trujillo Esmeral is a part-time student at Scalia Law School. He is also President of the Student Bar Association and Managing Editor of George Mason’s Civil Rights Law Journal.

“Throughout law school I’ve worked as a Paralegal and a Law Clerk at private law firms. The convenient hours in Scalia Law’s part-time program and reasonable workload has allowed me to juggle the two roles with relative ease,” said Esmeral. “The time-management skills that I’ve learned as a working professional have allowed me to succeed and maintain these roles with greater efficiency than many of my full-time colleagues.”

Esmeral said he selected Scalia Law’s program because of its flexibility. “As a part-time student, I’ve learned the skills necessary to succeed as an attorney in the day, while gaining the academic know-how at night.”

He will join his current firm as an associate in employment law following graduation.

“Scalia Law fully supports part-time students as they simultaneously balance their education with full-time careers and families. With impressive focus, discipline and work ethic, part-time students provide a valuable asset to our community,” Price concluded.

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New Years Eve Gala at the International Spy Museum Supports The Red Cross

If you like good parties and good causes, then you will love the newest New Year’s Eve event to hit D.C.

Not only does each ticket to the NYE Charity Gala at the new International Spy Museum get you access to open top-shelf bar, food and great music to dance to all night, but all profits from this party go to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund.

Guests also get exclusive access to the brand new yet-to-be open International Spy Museum where everyone will be dancing on an LED dance floor to the backdrop of the Washington Monument, the Capitol and the new D.C. Wharf.

Entertainment for the night will include illusions by a professional magician, a mystery spy theater, fortune-telling palm readings by all-seeing psychics, fantastical feats and tricks of sparks and glassware flying by professional flair bartenders, and comedic interactions with the International Man of Mystery himself, Austin Powers.

The concept for developing experience-based social impact events came from a group of locals who believe that you can have fun and do good at the same time. For the New Year’s Eve Gala, the donation will help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises.

The profits going to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from tragedies big and small across the United States. Tickets to the Gala range from General Admission to Gold VIP level and can be bought by visiting www.nyecharitygala.eventbrite.com. Use code NYE2019 for $25 off.

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New Year’s Eve Charity Gala at the International Spy Museum

Ring in the New Year relishing the sky lounge of the new International Spy Museum at 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW.

Standing at the world’s epicenter of espionage, D.C.’s newest venue will have you dancing all night with sweeping views of the Washington Monument, the Capitol, the new D.C. waterfront and New Year’s Eve fireworks over Alexandria.

Before the clock strikes 12, enjoy mind-boggling illusions by our strolling magician, engage in a WHODUNIT interactive spy troupe mystery, watch the sparks and glassware fly by professional bartenders performing fantastic feats and tricks, dance on an LED dance floor, find out what’s to come in 2019 with our all-knowing psychics and take some “shagadelic” shots with the International Man of Mystery himself, Austin Powers.

The floor to ceiling windows overlooking the D.C. skyline in this newly constructed International Spy Museum will open its doors to the public for the first time on New Year’s Eve.

This event will help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by donating all profits to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your ticket purchase enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters both big and small across the United States.

Your all-inclusive ticket purchase includes top-shelf open bar, food, champagne toast, music and all the entertainment. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Plan Your Winter Escape with DC Fray

Already tired of being cooped up in the house this winter? DC Fray has 3 reasons for you to get out of your dang house:

Bar Sports

If you’re going to leave the house, you might as well head to a bar where you can socialize and play cool games like Shuffleboard and Skeeball. *Hint hint: Winter registration is OPEN*

Speed Dating

If you need another excuse to head to a bar, there’s plenty of Speed Dating coming up. Let #DCFray play Cupid, so you have someone to do fun, festive, winter activities with.

Glow Tubing

Put on your best neon gear and all the glow sticks you can find, and hit the slopes. This *bright* spin on a classic winter activity will be so much fun you won’t even be thinking about the cold.

For more fun happenings, follow along on the #FrayLife blog, here to help you conquer all there is to eat, drink, and do in the District.

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Industrious Coming to Ballston Exchange in January

Industrious, the largest premium coworking and flexible workspace provider in the U.S., will officially open its Ballston location on January 7, growing its presence in the D.C. Metro area.

Industrious is known for its beautiful and professional workspaces which are customized for entrepreneurs and mature startups through Fortune 500 companies. Its flexible workspaces are designed for optimal productivity and happiness — with everything from natural light and greenery to a mix of spaces that cater to all types of work and personalities.

The new office will be located in the heart of Ballston — on the third floor of 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Ballston Exchange’s 4201 tower. Within the space, members will find single desks, large conference rooms, luxurious common areas meant for building a strong community, a private nursing room and a kitchen filled with locally sourced coffee and snacks. The property also offers a direct connection to the Ballston Metro Station for seamless commutes and is located right across from Ballston Quarter, a new place for folks to gather, dine and shop.

Industrious offers workspace consultations and virtual tours for those interested in learning more about the different workspace solutions Industrious offers. Industrious will also host a Select Preview week from January 7-11, where members of the community can test out the space and join us for a week of networking, office tours and events to introduce and celebrate the new space. And if you refer a friend, Industrious will say thanks with up to $2,000 and also give new members a discount credit of equal value.

Check out the Industrious website for more information on the company that brings you a great day at work, everyday.

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Listing of the Day: 4525 35th Street N.

Address: 4525 35th Street N.
Neighborhood: Country Club Hills
Listed: $1,499,900
Open: Sunday, December 16 from 2-4 p.m.

Renovated, expanded home in sought out neighborhood of Country Club Hills. Home had a massive renovation in 2002 to include addition with master suite overlooking private 16,000 sq. ft. lot.

Features: Eat in kitchen with wood burning fireplace, granite countertops and lots of natural light. Formal living and dining room blend seamlessly with great room with vaulted ceilings. Basement features large rec. room with fireplace, mud-room, attached 2 car garage and ample storage space. Plat available.

Listed by:
Billy Buck
Billy Buck & Company
(703) 524-9000
[email protected]
https://www.billybuck.com/

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